Charles B. Mead served in the Civil War as a Sharpshooter in the battles of Kelly’s Ford, Locust Grove, and Mine Run.
The diary covers a period of three months describing his daily life, his struggles with patriotism, frustrations of war, and his bond with his fellow soldiers.
The notes cover a daily log from September 22, 1862 until his death at Petersburg on June 17, 1864. Included are end notes of comrades mentioned in his diary; a listing of Cash transactions; and photographs to be given to numerous friends and family. Last, there is a list of letters written and received. A sad overview of a brief life.
The diary was given to the Society by Mrs. Harold O. Tedford granddaughter of Charles’ youngest sister, Charity.